In the middle of a standout run for Cooperstown Central School’s sports teams in 2017, longtime coach Frank Miosek achieved two special milestones.
Miosek got his 300th varsity baseball win at CCS in May. In September, he got his 400th boys varsity soccer win at CCS, beating rival Mount Markham, 3-0.
“It’s special to get a ‘W’ there,” Miosek said in September. “It’s a great rivalry, we’ve played a lot of intense games.”
Miosek, who turned 67 in November, said the soccer game felt different without Mustangs coach Charlie Engle on the other side. Engle retired at the end of 2016 after 49 years, finishing as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s all-time leader with 654 wins.
Reaching the milestone reminded Miosek of something a friend and former CCS coaching colleague used to say, he said.
“Don Howard always said, ‘If you stay around long enough, and you have good kids, the victories will come,’” Miosek said.
Miosek said he is thankful for the “grassroots programs” and community support that has provided him with so many coachable kids who love the game.
“I’m very proud of the wins,” he said. “I’m prouder that I have had really good kids over the years. It’s a pleasure to work with kids who are so passionate about soccer.
“The community should share in it; I couldn’t do it alone,” he said. “A lot of moms and dads and volunteer coaches stepped up to make this program, both boys and girls, what they are today.”
Miosek said people such as Margaret Savoie, who organized Cooperstown’s Jaycee soccer program in the 1980s, and Jim Huntington, who helped teach the game “wherever there was a need, from Cooperstown to Edmeston and Worcester,” deserve recognition for supplying him with the players he inherited at CCS in 1988.
Miosek had previously coached the Cherry Valley and then Cherry Valley-Springfield girls in soccer, leading them to 169 victories, including three state championships, in 1983, 1984 and 1986. In 1987, the CV-S girls lost in the finals.
In baseball, the Hawkeyes won the 2017 Section Three Class C title and made their first trip to the state final four. Cooperstown lost to Potsdam in the state semifinals in Binghamton.
“I am exceptionally pleased with them,” Miosek said in June. “I told them there are a lot of teams that would love to have traded places with them. We went 18-3, and we made the final four. If you can’t enjoy that, then you are greedy.”
In soccer, the Hawkeyes won the top seed in the Section Three Class C playoffs, but were upset at home by South Lewis, 2-0, in the first round.
Miosek finished the seasons with 303 baseball wins and 407 boys soccer wins.
He wasn’t the only local coach getting a big milestone win. Milford boys soccer coach Frank Spurchise got his 400th boys soccer victory in September, over Franklin.
Spurchise, 68, said all of the victories were earned by the large, extended family of players he has coached over the past 40 years, and by the Milford community, too, and that it was important to him to share the milestone with everyone who made it possible.
“First, it means I’ve been around a long time,” Spurchise said in September.
He said he is thankful for the years he has spent as a teacher and a coach at Milford, and that’s what makes him most proud of the accomplishment.
“I’ve had wonderful players, very coachable kids over the years,” Spurchise said. “My job has been pretty easy; the credit goes to them, really, for the type of kids they are.
“The support from the parents over the years has been wonderful,” Spurchise continued. “It’s important to recognize a lot of people and a lot of things going into something like this.”
Milford also won the 2017 boys soccer title in the Tri-Valley League. It was the first time since 2005 the Wildcat boys have won the T-V soccer title.